Sunday 2ndJuly, 2023

Dear friends,

This week Uganda was celebrating Eid-E-Ghorban on Wednesday; as it was a Public Holiday the younger boys had a day off school. In the morning they all participated in General Cleaning, ensuring the windows and floors sparkled and everything was ‘spick and span’! They also tidied the garden and the compound. I spoke with the boys in the afternoon and they told me they had worked hard. Tresor and Simon Peter had cooked lunch as Gorette was off, Tresor also fixed the popcorn machine. They enjoyed a walk and playing in the compound later in the day.

The boys are all fine and healthy no one on treatment from the clinic this week.

‘But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.’ Titus 3 v4/5

There are visiting days for 2 of the boys in Secondary school today and Musumba (Johnson) and Kasita are being visited by either Tresor or Petra. I have arranged to talk with them on the phone during the visits as I like to find out how things are going as this is their first year in boarding school. Johnson is in Trinity and Kasita in Muzza High School. Benard visited young Brian last weekend in boarding school and advised that he seemed much better, he is in P7 and has found studying difficult since the Covid break.

We had a Trustees meeting on Friday evening, some of the trustees meeting on Zoom and James my son has joined the board. Each week he puts my newsletter on the website and keeps up to date with the work of Homes of Promise. He also helps with any problems we have with the internet which happen occasionally.

Joseph who is at Don Bosco Vocational college has sent some photos of himself in the workshop, he is on a metal fabrication and plumbing course and seems well settled. He also plays the trombone and enjoys being part of the college band.

Musa who left us a few weeks ago, who was also on this course, has been phoning and asking if he can come back. Ian and Peace are meeting next week to talk about the way forward with him. It sometimes happens when the boys have had little schooling and we send them to college, they find the regime of having to focus on learning challenging. Their self esteem can be very low especially when others are doing better – not easy! Prayers please.

Tresor bought some ‘carpet’ and curtains for Asaph’s room and delivered them. Asaph is struggling to earn enough money to support himself but we are pleased with the way he has settled living on his own. Prayers please.

I had a message from Tresor on Saturday – it’s Benard’s weekend off, saying it was cold and rainy – hopefully it cleared up for swimming in the afternoon.

Thank you for all your kindness, support and love. Looking forward to seeing some of you on the 23rd July. If you have any good secondhand trainers (all sizes) or football boots we would really appreciate them.

Love Jane x